Earlier this week, we wondered if the area near the intersection of South Chambers Road and East Ohio Avenue in Aurora was the most dangerous block in the metro area owing to a pair of sexual assaults and one sex-assault attempt there within about a week. The answer now appears to be "no," presuming the cops have arrested the right man, Cameron Washington, for the crime. And DNA evidence says they have. Details below.
As we reported in previous coverage on view below, the first assault in the area took place on Thanksgiving Day, the second on November 28 (six days later) and the third on November 30
Each attack or assault try took place during the early morning hours and involved the "illegal entry" of the residences in question. All of the victims were sleeping when the man entered their homes, with him mentioning a weapon on at least two occasions. But none of the women were able to get a good look at him. Hence, descriptions varied from a skinny Hispanic to a light-skinned African-American -- and one person mentioned the possibility of corn-rowed hair.
Fortunately, DNA doesn't require an eyewitness -- and that's what members of the Aurora Police Department say broke the case. According to the APD, several pieces of evidence from crime scenes were hand-delivered to the Colorado Bureau of Investigations on Friday, with agents there working over the weekend to test them -- and on Monday, one of them scored a hit with Washington, thirty, whose DNA was on file thanks to a prior felony conviction. The Denver Post reports that he pleaded guilty to burglary in Arapahoe County circa 2008, adding to a record that included a couple of trespassing charges, including one in Aurora this past February.
Within hours, Washington was busted in his Denver home. He's currently stewing in Arapahoe County Jail on suspicion of first-degree sexual assault, first-degree burglary, felony menacing and theft.
No word as to why Washington decided to concentrate his crimes on a single block during such a tight time frame. But the APD decided to release his mug shot in case other victims recognize him -- and to reassure the folks who live near Chambers and Ohio that their block is not nearly as dangerous as it was just days earlier.
Look below to see a Channel 2 package about the arrest, as well as a larger look at Washington's mug shot. That's followed by our earlier coverage.
Continue to read our earlier reports about the Aurora attacks, including an interactive graphic. Original post, 5:47 a.m. December 3: The intersection of South Chambers Road and East Ohio Avenue in Aurora doesn't look especially unusual in the Google map on view below. But some terrible things have been taking place there. According to the Aurora police department, two sexual assaults and one attempted sex assault have taken place within a block of each other over the span of just eight days.
APD reps say the first incident took place on Thanksgiving Day, with the second happening on November 28 (six days later) and the third this past Friday, November 30. The time of the crimes was also similar -- the early morning hours on each day.
Geographical proximity isn't the only reason police believe the same man may be responsible for each of these offenses. He also made what's termed "illegal entry" into each residence, and at least twice, he claimed to have a weapon after awakening the sleeping female victims.
As for a description, the details are vague -- possibly a tall, "skinny" Hispanic or light-skinned African American. One victim thinks he may have worn his hair in corn rows.
If you have any information about these crimes, you're encouraged to phone Aurora Detective John Wilton at 303-739-6065, Sergeant Rudy Herrera at 303-739-6250, or Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). The latter is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for the capture and conviction of this particular scumbag.
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Here's an interactive graphic of the area near these crime scenes. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."
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